Burt Back on Court for Washington

Nov. 14, 2004

SEATTLE - Starting off the season with a victory was important for Washington's coaches and players, but just as important for Washington's fans was seeing No. 20 back on the court for the Huskies.

Junior Kayla Burt, whose No. 20 became a fan favorite during her outstanding freshman season in 2001-02, scored 12 points with two rebounds Sunday in her first official game since a cardiac incident nearly cost the Arlington, Wash., native her life on New Years Eve, 2003.

After needing just seven seconds to find the basket in the Huskies' exhibition opener two weeks ago, Burt had to wait 33 minutes for her first basket Sunday, finally draining a long-range three-pointer with 6:58 to play.

'She shows a lot of inspiration and a lot of courage,' head coach June Daugherty said of Burt. 'I know I look up to her and everyone in this program does and it sure seemed like the fans were excited too. It's really great to see her out there.'

Burt waited 687 days between her last game -- against Washington State on Dec. 28, 2002 -- and Sunday, but will have to wait barely 24 hours to take the court again, as Washington meets 14th-ranked Minnesota in the tourney finale Monday at 7 p.m.